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Block Pop-ups

Blocking pop-up windows is a snap in Internet Explorer. To configure pop-up blocking on your computer to get rid of those annoying ads, follow these steps:

1

Start Internet Explorer and choose Tools→Internet Options.

You see the Internet Options dialog box fade into view.

2

Click the Privacy tab.

Note the Turn On Pop-Up Blocker check box at the bottom of the tab. This is the control that turns pop-up blocking on and off; it’s turned on by default.

3

Click the Settings button.

The Pop-Up Blocker Settings dialog box appears.

4

In the top portion of the dialog box, enter any sites for which you want to allow pop-ups.

Believe it or not, you may want pop-ups to be permissible on some sites. For instance, if your bank uses pop-ups to prompt you for security information, you don’t want these pop-ups blocked.

5

Select how you want the pop-up blocker to work by using the controls at the bottom of the dialog box.

6

Click Close.

Your settings are saved and implemented immediately. You can then close the Internet Options dialog box.

If you prefer to use a different pop-up blocker (or if you’re using a different browser that doesn’t include one), check your antivirus software to see whether it includes a blocker. If not, others are available online.

Be careful not to download and use just any pop-up blocker. Some of them are nothing more than adware disguised as pop-up blockers. Make sure that your blocker is from a reputable company and that the product receives good reviews.

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